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Cinema @ The Wallis Presents


Nov 09 - 13

Cinema @ The Wallis in partnership with Film Independent presents a week of Special Events for Film Lovers:
An Evening With... Denis Villeneuve
Moderated by John Horn (Host, KPCC, The Frame)
Tuesday, November 9, 7:00pm

The kickoff to our series of Film Independent Presents events at The Wallis will bring you An Evening With…Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the French Canadian filmmaker who caught the industry’s attention with Maelström in 2010, and thereafter delivered thought-provoking and visually stunning works of cinematic art in Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 before faithfully and artfully undertaking Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterwork, Dune, which despite a pandemic rose to the occasion and was met with critical acclaim and worldwide box office success.

Join us as we learn more about Villeneuve’s process and craft via a review of some of his previous films, as well as a deep-dive conversation into how he, his crew of artisans and company of actors mounted the supposedly insurmountable Dune.
This conversation will be moderated by John Horn (Host, KPCC, The Frame).
Bring The Noise With Alexandre Desplat
Moderated by Jon Burlingame (journalist, author)
Wednesday, November 10, 7:30pm

Join us as we “Bring The Noise” with an evening of conversation and performance celebrating the world-renowned, critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, covering his decades of musical contributions to the film industry, from big studio to independent to international fare, with a particular focus on his ongoing collaborations with filmmaker extraordinaire Wes Anderson – including their most recent, The French Dispatch.
This conversation will be moderated by Jon Burlingame (journalist, author).
An Evening With
... Maggie Gyllenhaal
Friday, November 12, 7:30pm

Join us at The Wallis for An Evening With… writer, director, producer and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, discussing the choices she’s made and chances she’s taken throughout her celebrated, daring and multifaceted career thus far that have shaped and prepared her for her upcoming directorial debut, The Lost Daughter.

Live Read of Sunset Boulevard
Saturday, November 13, 2:00pm

Continuing the exciting return of Film Independent Presents at The Wallis, you are invited to join us Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 pm PT as we re-stage Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard for the 21st Century in a Live Read that will not only upend how we’ve traditionally enjoyed its memorable characters come to life, but also how we see, hear and experience its quotable script. Guest directed by Oscar® winner Marlee Matlin, with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors to be announced, this Live Read will be the first to include visual and audible language.

Live Read of L.A. Story
Saturday, November 13, 7:30pm

“A warm-hearted salute to Los Angeles pretensions,” Steve Martin’s L.A. Story is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021 and to celebrate Film Independent Presents at The Wallis invites you to join us for what might our most madcap, self-reflexive Live Read yet, with a stellar guest director and cast to be announced in the coming days. 
L.A. Story has been universally praised over the years (it’s certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), gave Steve Martin an outlet to write a love letter to the city that raised him, helped launch the career of Sarah Jessica Parker and still holds up with today’s audiences as a cultural tour of our beloved (with all its frustrations and eccentricities) L.A. 


$30/person for Film Independent Members & Wallis Subscribers
$40/person General Admission

Stay tuned for cast announcements and more details!

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